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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Irritated (11/08/12)

TITLE: Three Questions
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
11/14/12


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People pushed and jockeyed for a position near the front of the room. When the clock struck eleven, the moderator banged his gavel. “Hush! Everyone settle down.” Soon people quieted and faced the moderator. “As you know, you've all been selected to attend this special forum. Each one of us here today will be blessed in unbelievable ways.”

The moderator glanced around at the conglomeration that had assembled before him. He saw people dripping in diamonds sitting next to others who were dressed in rags. “Everyone here has one thing in common. You have all prayed for an opportunity to ask Jesus some questions. You have chosen three delegates to represent you: a man, a woman, and a child. Those three will have an opportunity to ask Jesus one question each."

The lights dimmed and from the left of the stage a brilliant purple glow bounced off the walls as Jesus stepped onto the platform. The crowd gasped and shielded their eyes. A buzz rippled through the room as the people whispered about the phenomenon. Grown men starting pushing women to get a closer look. Soon angry retorts were flying about.

Banging his gavel, the moderator calmed the crowd. He turned to Jesus; goose-bumps popped out on his arm. “Thank you for coming, My Lord. On behalf of people everywhere, I’m honored to be in your presence and humbled by your willingness to answer these three questions.”

Stepping forward, Jesus warmed the room with his smile. “So many people have stated when they get to Heaven they’ll have a list of questions.” He held up his hand. “I know how impatient humans can be; so I've gathered you together and will answer one question from each delegate.”

Jesus tipped his head. “George, I believe you have the first question. Fire away.”

George rose and stroked his beard. “Thank you, Jesus. When will the Rapture begin?” The crowd murmured its approval and people leaned in, eager to hear Jesus’ answer.

Nodding his head, a small smile spread over Jesus’ lips. “That’s a wonderful question.”

George beamed, puffed out his chest, and tilted his head to hear the rest of Jesus’ response.

"However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” (Matthew 24:36 New Living Translation)

As his smile drooped, George hung his head. A man in the second row jumped to his feet and waved his fist in the air. “What kind of an answer is that? We want the date so we can be prepared.”

The crowd nodded their heads and mumbled in accession while the moderator banged his gavel. “Quiet down. Jesus answered the question. There’s to be no more complaining. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Now Marilyn, I believe you have the next question.”

Dressed in a flowing white gown, the woman stood, and tapped the microphone. “Thank you, Your Honor, Jesus. My question is one all mothers yearn to hear answered. How can we be guaranteed our children will enter Heaven?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)

Shouts of protest rippled through the crowd. “No fair. We could find that answer in the Bible!”

Jesus lifted his arms and looked down at the crowd. “I believe you have one question left.” His eyes locked on the little girl who was waiting her turn. Jesus held out his hand and helped her up the steps. “Gracie, what is your question?”

Licking her lips, Gracie shifted from foot to foot. “Will there be a need for bathrooms when we get to Heaven?”

Once the crowd had processed her question, they jumped to their feet. People were pounding their fists into their open palms. “We demand a new delegate!"

Jesus held his index finger against his lips; soon the room quieted. “If you want me to answer, raise your hand.” No one moved, except Gracie who slowly raised her arm. Jesus faced the crowd. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3 NIV)

Jesus bent over, cupped his hand and whispered into Gracie's ear. Slowly a grin crept over her face. She flung herself into the arms of Jesus. “Thanks, I've always wondered if there would be potties in Heaven.”


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Frankie Kemp 11/16/12
I absolutely love this!
Fiona Stevenson11/16/12
Well organised and written. I especially chuckled at the thought that Jesus answers might be found in Scripture - so many people just aren't satisfied with that. I wonder why? God bless you.
Allison Egley 11/17/12
Oh, this is great. I love it. It actually caught my eye earlier, but I wasn't able to comment. So I'm glad you tossed your brick to direct me to it again. :D Nice job.
lynn gipson 11/17/12
Oksy., this is the best thing I have read in awhile. The message is strong and clear and I am so happy for Gracie! Loved this!

God Bless, Lynn
Myrna Noyes11/18/12
GREAT story!! GREAT writing!! GREAT message!! :) The adults obviously had not been reading, studying, and meditating on God's Word, or they would have known the answers to their questions. Only the little girl asked something that was not already given in Scripture. She trustingly asked what was on her heart at that moment, and those are the things Jesus delights to answer! Excellent job with this! :)
Marie Hearty 11/19/12
Great message with a cute ending. I could picture everyone in the audience pushing and screaming wanting to know the answers... yet they already did. Great job.

God bless!
Bea Edwards 11/19/12
Captivating entry. You provided an excellent dialogue and story line. I enjoyed it very much.
Amy Michelle Wiley 11/19/12
Haha, cute and good points! My red ink is that if Jesus's glory was there, I think the people would be more in awe and less rude. Perhaps having a messenger bringing messages back or Jesus in his ordinary human form would have still allowed the people their irritation. Also, generally fiction lists the Bible references at the end instead of putting them in the middle of the story. But those are minor things in a great story. Can't wait until I get to hear you ask Him that question, haha!
Noel Mitaxa 11/20/12
Loved that disarming query at the close. A creative mix of imagination and clear scriptural truth.
Darleen Coon11/23/12
Great story! Thanks for the reminder that bible answers a lot of the questions we have. Except, of course, whether we will need potties in heaven!

Thanks for sharing!
Dannie Hawley 11/24/12
Terrific take on the topic. I agree with all of the other comments above mine. I have only one question: Do you have Gracie's email address? I want to know the answer to her question. Nice job.
Dannie Hawley 11/24/12
Terrific take on the topic! You've done a good job focusing on the truth of what many adults find troubling. Somehow, the truth is sometimes a bit easier to take in the form of something "meant" for children. The inter-play between the sisters was well-written and easy to believe. Excellent job!
Dannie Hawley 11/24/12
So sorry for my senior moment here. The last comment was to go with the article on the topic "time" with the two sisters. not at all sure how this mistake was made, nor how it is that I began with the same sentence...not what i remembered, but, sigh guess it isn't only the hair that has some grey areas!
Sandra Wells11/28/12
I adored this! It was so well written, I felt as if I were sitting in the crowd taking it all in. I especially loved Jesus' interaction with the child and her's with him. So open. I've heard so many people say that they are going to ask Jesus certain questions when they get to heaven and you so eloquently showed us that our answers are right in our Bibles.
Barbara Caldwell07/27/13
"Three Questions" was beautifully written. It was a great way to bring forth the topic "Irritated". Great Job! It was a reminder to all, that we must enter the kingdom as a child.